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" run we hit the -- at the same time of the russian invasion of afghanistan, which i don't think anybody really completely understood what was going on. i have just read a really, really great book about afghanistan, so forgive me for talk about afghanistan. i've gone off on a tangent. >> another time. >> suddenly people started talking about politics again. they said, maybe paralleled with what we were trying to say there was an interesting subject. >> how much have the critics gotten to you over the years? >> i don't really care very much if i don't think the critics really understand music. >> somebody that you respect, what is the most hurtful kind of thing they could say that would really get to you? >> i guess somebody who i did respect as a musician said that the score was humdrum or something, then i would be sad if i believed in the score. there are always going to be occasions where i think with musical theater, and particularly i think what i do in musical theater, it gets a little bit curious because i fit between sort of two camps. clearly the worst composer in history for "
known patriot. you fly a lot to afghanistan to play for the troops. are you a traditional republican? >> no. >> you seem complicated politically. you are not either one or the other, really? you are more for one than a party. >> i'm like the majority of people we don't want bible thumpers running the country and we don't want pot-smoking hippies running it. people are like hey, chill out. let's figure this out and give people the opportunities and the tools to, we say live the american dream. i know there's things wrong on both sides. belief wise, more republican and less government and creating opportunity. if you had to strictly say one of those, yes, i sway more that way. then i would sway left on other issues. >> do you think the wars in afghanistan and iraq have been justified? >> you know, that's tough to say. when you get into politics, i know this much. i don't study political science. >> forget the politics. are we winning from what you have seen? >> we need to have a presence on the ground. it's like somebody keeping an eye on the bully around town. if you let them free, he
is down to him? i want you to be brutally honest. >> let's take a look at afghanistan, as a piece of that. under bush, we had about 30,000 troops there. that was tripled during the obama administration. so two-thirds of the cost of afghanistan was put into place under obama. >> hang on, hang on, hang on, it wasn't president obama that took america into war in afghanistan. >> you asked for percentage. >> i'm talking about if you analyze the percentage of blame here, then surely you have to go back to decisions that were taken which helped collectively to create this crisis. although you keep presenting other arguments, give me a straight percentage. what percentage of blame, as we stand here today, should be apportioned to republican decision making? >> well, again, you just asked about a number and i said of the cost of the afghan war, the whole afghan war today -- >> why are you avoiding my question. >> is $20 billion. i'm trying to give you a percentage of for instance the afghan war, two-thirds of the cost there this year was put in by obama. that's one piece of the puzzle. >> but 100%
♪ >> you're obviously a very well-known patriot. you fly a lot to afghanistan and iraq to play for the troops. it means a lot to you. are you a traditional republican? >> no. >> because you seem complicated politically. you are not either one or the other, really? you are more for your country than for party. >> i'm like the majority of people we don't want bible thumpers running the country and we don't want pot-smoking hippies running it. you know, there's a middle ground there that i think most of the around the world are. hey, chill out, man. let's try to figure this out and give people the opportunities and the tools to, what we say, live the american dream, and i know there's some things wrong on both sides. not i would sway belief-wise more republican and less government and creating opportunity. you know, if you had to strictly say, one of those, yes, would i sway a little bit more that way and then i would sway left on, you know, other issues. >> do you think the wars in afghanistan and iraq have been just wars? >> you know, that's tough to say. when you get into polit
time of the russian invasion of afghanistan which nobody understood what was going on. i'm going off on a tangent. it changed -- suddenly people started to talk about politics again and said well maybe eva peron and what we were trying to say there was an interesting subject. >> how much did the critics get to you over the years? >> i didn't care very much if i don't think that the critics understand music. >> but somebody you respect, what's the most hurtful kind of thing that they would say that would get to you. >> somebody who i did respect as a musician said that the score was humdrum or something then i would be sad if i believed in the score. there are always going to be occasions where i think with musical theater and particularly what i do in musical theater it gets a little bit curious because i fit between two camps. clearly i would be the worst composer in history for "hair spray." i would be the worse composer for "book of mormon." on the other side i'm more operatic but not that serious. >> broadway is making a lot of money. what's that about? some people say it's link
iraq and afghanistan but we have a half a million troops on bases. >> how many do chinese have? >> none, i don't think. >> may have hardly anything, they have no imperialistic ambition. >> this is not the way you achieve it in this world. not the 14th century. >> i was in shanghai. this dinism you felt. this young millionaire, 125,000 millionaires in shanghai. he said, i don't want to kill you, i don't want to take over your land, i want to sell you a duvet. he laughed. he said we want to be number one in selling you duvets, i want to sell you everything in your home. i don't want to kill you. >> that's how they will be number one. they are building $300 billion of high speed rail. this country trying to get the money to build, i think it's $8 billion. they wanted to lay it between l.a. and las vegas, which i think is funny those are the two cities that have to be connected or maybe l.a. and san francisco. we have none at the moment. >> we'll have a little break. when we come back, i want to ask you, which of these two people do you think has the best chance of putting america back on i
in the middle of iraq and afghanistan and surrounded by the bravest men and women in all the world, you know. and there was one point where i was playing "some gave all" and it was interrupted with some bomb blasts outside of kabul. one soldier stood up and said "keep going, mr. cyrus, we're used to it". i knew at that moment i was going to dedicate my music and my life to saying thanks to the troops and letting them know how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice. >> the other thing that you care very passionately about is this charity you're involved in. >> that's right. copd. and if you want to learn about copd -- >> what does it stand for? >> chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. >> and the relevance to you is? >> my grandfather had problems breathing. he died when i was 11 or 12 years old. and i've seen -- again i mention my father who hat mess so theel yo ma. but the struggle to breathe. the more i learned about copd, the more i realized that this is something that i need to learn about, that we all need to learn about. you can go to driveforcopd.com. take a five question scre
. the condition of poor working people as much as iraq and as much as afghanistan. barack obama does not make that a priority. >> why is he not prioritizing this? >> he's got the wrong people around him. it's very clear. i heard you say he's very calm and serene. i love calmness and serenity. but when people i'm concerned about are catching hail which is poor people of all colors, you ought to have a state of emergency. fdr had a state of emergency. lbj, our white brother from texas had a state of emergency in regard to black america. he has conscience. >> in the african-american community particularly, do you feel he's not doing enough to help african-americans especially poor? >> i think there's an ambivalence in america. black people for the most part have a deep sense of protection for barack obama. he's visually attacked by right wing and fox news and others all the time. he lives under the threat of death. we all pray for him daily. >> i haven't i haven't heard fox news say quite what you said about him. >> you know what the reason is? i tell the truth. fox news doesn't. >> so the truth
tonight. fourth in his class at west point. earned three bronze stars in iraq and afghanistan, but outed and ended up with an honorable discharge. >> thank you for having me. >> thank you for joining me "in the arena." piers morgan starts right now. >>> tonight, a woman at the center of the case that transfixed america and the world. >> as the charge to first-degree murder, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. >> now she tells her side of the story, nancy grace. >> not guilty, the devil is dancing tonight. >> tonight, i'll turn the tables and cross-examine nancy on the casey anthony trial. >>> also, the story captivating newsrooms on both sides of the click. the hacking scandal and what it means to rupert murdoch's empire. this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening. a little later, i'll speak with nancy grace, the woman that put the casey anthony trial on the map and became a lightning rod for her opinion on the woman she dubbed tot mom. first, the phone hacking scandal. i was editor of two major british tabloid newspapers. i was editor "nufz the world" from 1994 to 1995. and i
clinton and bring the troops home. not just from iraq and afghanistan, but we have half a million troops in bases across the world. >> piers: how many do the chinese have? >> none. they don't have troops. because they know this is not the way you achieve agemny in this world. >> piers: i did a documentary in shanghai recently. fascinating time to be out there. this dynamism that you felt along the city. one frosting young multi millionaire, 125,000 millionaires in shanghai alone. >> how many. >> 125,000 millionaires in shanghai. he said i don't want to kill you. i don't want to take over your land. i want to sell you a duvet. i want to tell you everything in your home but i don't want to kill you. >> that's how they will be number one. they are building $300 billion of high speed rail. this country trying to get the money to build, i think it's $8 billion. they want to lay it between l.a. and las vegas, which i think it's funny that those are the two cities that have to be connected ed connected, but we have none. >> piers: i'm going to ask you which of these two people have the best cha
as afghanistan. barack obama does not make that a priority. that's why i'm deeply disappointed. >> why is he not prioritizing this? >> he has the wrong team. he has the wrong people around him. i heard you say he is very calm and serene. i love calmness. but when people i am concerned about is catching hell, which is working people of all colors, poor people of all colors, then you ought to have a state of emergency. fdr had a state of emergency. abraham lincoln, state of emergency. lbj, our white brother from jim crow, texas, has a state of emergency in regard to black america. he had a conscience. >> let me ask you a question. does the african-american community in america, generally do you think, does it feel particularly let down because he is african-american that you feel he is not doing enough for other african-americans? many of whom are poor? >> i think brother tavis said it well. i think there's an ambivalence in black america. black people for the most part have a deep sense of protection of barack obama. he's viciously attacked by right wing and fox news and others all the time.
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